Cleaning Up After Cat Urine

A cat on the carpet.

When your cat pees outside the litter box, there’s no hiding from the problem. Cat urine can leave a stain, but even worse, the smell becomes more challenging to remove the longer it sits. Kitty pee contains uric acid, which can remain in carpet, clothing, or furniture fabric for years. Using the right type of cleaner is key. Once the immediate problem is cleaned up, it’s also important to determine the cause of this behavior, which could be a sign of a health issue or stress.

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A Potential CATastrophe: How To Stop a Destructive Cat

Destructive cat.

You arrive home from running errands to find a potted plant knocked off the window ledge, the sofa is wet with cat urine, and there is trash strewn about in the bathroom. Is this the work of an intruder? More likely the destruction is caused by your bored or unhappy house cat.

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Cat Behavior: Your Cat’s Tail Tells All

Cat behavior: tail is up.

A cat’s tail can tell you a lot about their wellness. Cats are known for their playfulness and curiosity. At Highway Veterinary Hospital, we believe that understanding this communication can improve your relationship with your pet. 

Understand Cat Behavior with a Glimpse of the Tail

Although sometimes it might seem like your cat is blatantly ignoring you, their tail can tell a lot about what they are thinking and feeling. The following tail positions can signify certain emotions:

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All About Cat Vaccines

Cat wellness.

Disease prevention is a major concern for pet owners, but it can be a little confusing at times. Many health threats are a bit ambiguous, especially if a cat lives an indoor-only existence. Cat vaccines may seem like they aren’t necessary or important to many cats with limited potential exposure. The truth is, routine vaccinations play a critical role in disease prevention and maintaining lifelong health. 

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Sniff Before You Snap: Food Aggression In Pets

Two dogs growl at each other.

Some animals become territorial when food enters the equation. Without the proper training and attention, food aggression in pets can become a serious (and dangerous) problem for you and any other animals you might have in the home. If you do not want every meal time to end in a fight, it is important to address this behavior before it escalates. Highway Veterinary Hospital is here to help you deal with this aggression so you and your pets can eat in peace:

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Regretfully Sheepish and Responsible: Do Pets Feel Guilt?

A guilty dog stands next to the door he broke.

Our pets have a wide-range of unique behaviors—some of these behaviors make us love them more, and others…well, we love them in spite of these behaviors. If you have a pet that is prone to mischief, you might have noticed some particular actions that seem to represent the guilt they feel for misbehaving. Do pets actually feel guilt, though? The team at Highway Veterinary Hospital is here to help you decode these actions and figure out if pets are actually feeling guilty:

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The Time Has Come! Highway Veterinary Hospital’s Top 5 Blogs of 2020!

We made it! 2020 is behind us and 2021 is ahead. While we collectively hope that it can only go up from here, there are some aspects of 2020 that weren’t so terrible – especially for pets!

If a worldwide pandemic can have an upside, it would be that pet adoption skyrocketed and that, for many, pets were able to spend more time with their people than ever before. With this, people had more time to Google about their pets than ever before. And for those of you that entrusted our blog to help you along the way, we thank you.

As we do, this time of year, it’s our tradition to revisit our most-read blogs of they year. Regardless of when it was written, these blogs represent those you turned to the most to answer to navigate the weird and wonderful world of keeping a pet.

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A Hearty Cheers to Pet Safety During the Holidays

The holiday season is fast approaching, and it should be about festivities, fun, and food (a lot of it), but there is something more to consider. When it comes to pets, your veterinary team sees far too many veterinary emergencies around this time of year. 

Pet safety during the holidays is a must for our pet families and will definitely ensure a much more holly-jolly season when our pets are the priority. Highway Veterinary Hospital takes a closer look at some of these dangers, so you can avoid them and go on with the merriment.

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Decoding Dog Language: What Does a Bark Mean?

Your dog probably has all manner of expressing himself, whether it’s body language or verbal cues – such as barking. There is meaning in this expression, and your dog’s bark may have a lot to say about what’s going on in that brain of his. Understanding various barks and sounds from pets is key in making sure they are healthy, safe, and engaged in our lives with them. 

If your dog is a barker, you may ask yourself, what does a bark mean? Your friends at Highway Veterinary Hospital are here to decode this language for a better bond with your furry friend.

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Adventures Indoors: Creative Ideas for Indoor Pet Activities

Through the past few months of the pandemic, many of us have been pulling out all of the stops when it comes to entertaining ourselves. From art projects to YouTube travel, we are opting for new, fun indoor activities to keep us busy. Our pets also have a serious case of cabin fever and need daily exercise and enrichment to keep them from becoming listless, unhealthy or overweight, and bored.

The good news is that your friends at Highway Veterinary Hospital have some cool new games and activities that will entertain even the most discerning of pets. Read on to learn more!

8 Great Indoor Pet Activities for Your Fur Friend

Since movement and fun are important to the health and well-being of your pet, you don’t have to ditch those when you can’t get outside. There are many things you and your bestie can do when the weather stinks or you’re otherwise stuck inside.

  1. Learn something new together – There are some great options in online group classes for pets and people. You can learn how to dance together, zen out on downward dog during a doga class, or try your hand  at some DIY homemade treats or meals  for your pet.
  2. Play an indoor game of fetch – Yes, you can still play that favorite backyard game, but just switch to a soft ball or toy to throw. Pull away the furniture in the living room and toss the toy! Or, use a big space like a garage or rec room.
  3. Buy some puzzle games – Food based puzzle games are especially enjoyable for your pet. The challenge is to get small treats or pieces of kibble out of the toy. Your pet’s brain will be active, and this is a good way to slow down a quick-eating pet.
  4. Teach new tricks – Old dogs can learn new tricks. There are several commands you can teach your pet to keep them active and engaged. Tricks like beg, sit up, roll over, and so on are fun for your pet who wants an extra challenge. After you have mastered them, make a video. We’d love to see their new skills.
  5. Set up an agility course – there are some great agility courses that can easily be made using things lying around the home. Set up open boxes, kiddie pools filled with balls and toys, poles and chairs for jumping, and other obstacles. You can also purchase a ready-made agility course online, too.
  6. Build a catio – Your cat will love the addition of an extra, screened-in space to look at birds, play, and relax. Catios are essentially screened in patios that can be made as a standalone to use in the yard, an extension of a porch, or as a window unit. There are multiple plans available online to put your DIY skills to work.
  7. Use your pet’s nose for a scavenger hunt – The nose knows, as you know. Put your pet’s Sherlock Holmes skills to the test by hiding various treats, toys, or pieces of their kibble around the house. Then get them to go scout it out with their keenest sense, their sense of smell.
  8. Dance with your pet – Your pet may never have the moves of Fred Astaire, but they will definitely get into the groove if you put on some tunes and dance. Many dogs will hop on hind legs or circle around you if the music is right and the excitement of dancing is in the air. It’s a fun time for everyone in the family, too. 

We’re Only a Phone Call Away!

During the COVID-19 standstill, we are here for you and your pet. We are currently open Mondays through Fridays with varying hours.

We recommend that your pets stay current on any long term medications, their heartworm prevention, and their flea & tick prevention. Rabies and Leptospirosis are zoonotic diseases; therefore, we strongly recommend keeping current with these booster vaccines, too.

If you have any questions about your pet, including their vaccine status, just give us a call!